American University Arboretum & Gardens

American University Arboretum & Gardens Greening the American Dream by Greening the AU Campus.
Housed under Facilities Management, American University's Arboretum & Gardens is one of the most noteworthy features on the campus. The arboretum is also a leader in sustainable management of an urban landscape.
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Nestled among the embassies and residential neighborhoods of northwest Washington, D.C., the American University Arboretum and Gardens is one of the city's hidden gems. Dedicated in 2004, it encompasses the entire 84-acre campus. American University is a global academic community, home to nearly 11,000 undergraduate, graduate, and law students from around 145 countries and 590 full-time faculty. Diversity is also the hallmark of AU's arboretum, which contains one of the most varied collections of ornamental plantings of any university in the country. More than 2500 trees—over 130 different species and varieties—provide a shady canopy, beneath which thrives a layered understory of flowering trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, and seasonal plantings. Beds display bold arrangements and striking combinations of plants, all carefully selected by our landscape architects and tended by staff arborists and horticulturists. Throughout the arboretum, you will find an array of pleasing features and unexpected spaces—sculpture gardens, pocket parks, ponds, and streams—that invite you to pause, for contemplation or conversation.

American University Arboretum & Gardens's cover photo
07/13/2020

American University Arboretum & Gardens's cover photo

American University Arboretum & Gardens's cover photo
07/09/2020

American University Arboretum & Gardens's cover photo

American University Arboretum & Gardens's cover photo
07/09/2020

American University Arboretum & Gardens's cover photo

Hoping everyone is staying well and we hope you enjoy these photos from our beautiful campus on this warm DC evening.
07/09/2020

Hoping everyone is staying well and we hope you enjoy these photos from our beautiful campus on this warm DC evening.

'Wish you were here' ~ pf
06/11/2020

'Wish you were here' ~ pf

Rain + Garden.
06/11/2020

Rain + Garden.

American University Arboretum & Gardens's cover photo
06/11/2020

American University Arboretum & Gardens's cover photo

Nature is indeed perfect, in the sense that it is, in its ecological systems, always complete. But it also doesn't end— ...
06/11/2020

Nature is indeed perfect, in the sense that it is, in its ecological systems, always complete. But it also doesn't end— it has no state of being finished. And perhaps most importantly, we do not exist outside of it.

~ A Smith

'Beauty is its own excuse'~ Patricia Neely-Dorsey
06/11/2020

'Beauty is its own excuse'

~ Patricia Neely-Dorsey

Join us for a look back at the transformation of the campus landscape into an award-winning and accredited arboretum and...
06/02/2020
At Home with AU: Discover AU's Arboretum & Gardens

Join us for a look back at the transformation of the campus landscape into an award-winning and accredited arboretum and gardens. Dedicated in 2004, AU's Arboretum & Gardens encompass the entire 84-acre campus. It contains one of the most varied collections of plantings of any university in the country with more than 3,000 trees, including 385 different species and varieties of woody plants.

Event attendees will learn about the evolution of the campus landscape and the many sustainable features and initiatives underway. This event will feature a live presentation followed by a Q&A.

https://alumniassociation.american.edu/discoverarboretum

Our Unity Garden this evening.  Wishing everyone unity and peace in these difficult times.
05/29/2020

Our Unity Garden this evening. Wishing everyone unity and peace in these difficult times.

American University Arboretum & Gardens's cover photo
05/29/2020

American University Arboretum & Gardens's cover photo

One of our campus rain gardens this evening. .
05/27/2020

One of our campus rain gardens this evening. .

On we go.
05/27/2020

On we go.

American University Arboretum & Gardens's cover photo
05/18/2020

American University Arboretum & Gardens's cover photo

'Let your little light shine'
05/16/2020

'Let your little light shine'

We hope everyone has a great weekend.  Enjoy these pictures of our very quiet campus.
05/16/2020

We hope everyone has a great weekend. Enjoy these pictures of our very quiet campus.

American University Arboretum & Gardens's cover photo
05/16/2020

American University Arboretum & Gardens's cover photo

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! We are very proud you!‘Once an Eagle, always an Eagle’
05/09/2020

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

We are very proud you!

‘Once an Eagle, always an Eagle’

Beautiful Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia) doing its blooming thing.
05/08/2020

Beautiful Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia) doing its blooming thing.

'Somewhere in betweenBreathing out and breathing inLike twilight is neither night nor morning'~ Kate Bush
05/08/2020

'Somewhere in between
Breathing out and breathing in
Like twilight is neither night nor morning'

~ Kate Bush

American University Arboretum & Gardens's cover photo
05/08/2020

American University Arboretum & Gardens's cover photo

After the rain.
05/01/2020

After the rain.

American University Arboretum & Gardens's cover photo
04/30/2020

American University Arboretum & Gardens's cover photo

Landscape planning and maintenance for the American University Arboretum and Gardens take on a new look using our newly ...
04/28/2020

Landscape planning and maintenance for the American University Arboretum and Gardens take on a new look using our newly acquired social distancing skills. We anxiously await the return of students to enjoy our sustainable campus environment.

A moody sky today.
04/28/2020

A moody sky today.

'Paths that cross Will cross again'
04/28/2020

'Paths that cross
Will cross again'

Lilacs have been so beautiful and fragrant on campus this spring.
04/21/2020

Lilacs have been so beautiful and fragrant on campus this spring.

04/21/2020
Breathe.
04/21/2020

Breathe.

'Making the most of our ever-changing journey is what defines a changemaker.'  Sylvia Burwell
04/21/2020

'Making the most of our ever-changing journey is what defines a changemaker.' Sylvia Burwell

The massive tree in the background of this photograph is a Scarlett Oak, (Quercus coccinea).  It is estimated by using o...
04/13/2020

The massive tree in the background of this photograph is a Scarlett Oak, (Quercus coccinea). It is estimated by using old photographs that it was planted in 1898 which was the year that the construction of Hurst Hall was completed. This magnificent oak tree has stood strong and resilient for over a hundred years - continuing to give us enduring hope and wonder as we watch its springtime foliage emerge.

Shining like a flowering treeUnder a gray DC sky#redbuds
04/13/2020

Shining like a flowering tree
Under a gray DC sky
#redbuds

Renewal.
04/13/2020

Renewal.

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4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington D.C., DC
20016

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A self-guided walking tour is available. Free guided tours for individuals and groups may be arranged by reservation.

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"American University in Washington, D.C. became the very first and largest urban campus and research university to achieve carbon neutrality—and it happened two years earlier than planned." CONGRATS on making the list:
Our Cutest Cat Contest voting is now live on our website! Please take a moment to vote for WONK CAT through March 21. You can only vote for each cat once Please share the gallery link with your networks as well: https://contests.washingtonian.com/contest/2019-cutest-cat-contest/entries/4308 We will crown two winners; one determined by the greatest number of online votes and one selected by a panel of judges comprised of both Washingtonian staff and staff of our contest beneficiary, Humane Rescue Alliance. Thank you!
I put together my ranking of Cats in Garden blog posts for 2018. These were the most-read posts for the year. And the AU campus cats made it on the list! See: https://catsingardens.blogspot.com/2018/12/top-garden-cat-blog-posts-of-2018.html #gardencats #cats #gardens #catblog #petblog #gardenblog
We shared your campus cats at the Cats in Gardens blog - see
Our Beginning Beekeeping (Short Course) in Washington DC is now open for enrollment. Visit www.BeeCARE.Institute
Hi! I saw this beautiful flower beginning to bloom near Hurst and was wondering what it was.